... not trying to preach, just clearing up the misconceptions. mainly because i'm sick of people grouping islam with other anti-science faiths. before i begin, this is my personal research so correct me if i'm wrong on the theory. we do not believe in the young earth creationism, but we do believe there is a creator. unlike catholic theology which prevailed until the 19th century in the west, we don't believe: - the earth is as young as 5757 years old. - the world is fixed and not changing. - created species are constant and don't evolve. it wasn't til 1835 darwin figured out evolution is taking place on earth and that it is driven by natural selection. i will now quote the passages in the qur'an, related to evolution. there's many verses which indicate all life began with water. al-dinawari was the founder for arabic botany, who is quoted to have said "[These books] state that God first created matter and invested it with energy for development. Matter, therefore, adopted the form of vapour which assumed the shape of water in due time. The next stage of development was mineral life. Different kinds of stones developed in course of time. Their highest form being mirjan (coral). It is a stone which has in it branches like those of a tree. After mineral life evolves vegetation. The evolution of vegetation culminates with a tree which bears the qualities of an animal. This is the date-palm. It has male and female genders. It does not wither if all its branches are chopped but it dies when the head is cut off. The date-palm is therefore considered the highest among the trees and resembles the lowest among animals. Then is born the lowest of animals. It evolves into an ape. This is not the statement of Darwin. This is what Ibn Maskawayh states and this is precisely what is written in the Epistles of Ikhwan al-Safa. The Muslim thinkers state that ape then evolved into a lower kind of a barbarian man. He then became a superior human being. Man becomes a saint, a prophet. He evolves into a higher stage and becomes an angel. The one higher to angels is indeed none but God. Everything begins from Him and everything returns to Him." does that tie in with the evolution theory? yes/no. not the part about the angels or a saint, but the first part? honest question. the word mashiyyat in arabic can be translated to rendering. many many years before darwin came with the natural selection theory, there was al-jahiz, an arab-afro biologist who introduced the concept of "struggle for existence". this was in 8th century. he is quoted to have said "Animals engage in a struggle for existence; for resources, to avoid being eaten and to breed. Environmental factors influence organisms to develop new characteristics to ensure survival, thus transforming into new species. Animals that survive to breed can pass on their successful characteristics to offspring." didn't darwin come with a very similar theory in the 18th century? i'm not sitting here claiming islam had it all before darwin came, but to claim that islam is anti-science or anti-evolution theory is pretty lame and ignorant. most if not all muslim countries encourage the study of evolutionary biology. but the real sad part is most muslims don't believe in darwin's theory, which is very similar to that derived from the qur'an by arab biologists in the 8th century. ready for any corrections if i've made any errors in this post.